G.E. Smith / In The World

The artform that is rock ‘n’ roll is rife with platters that failed to reach an audience despite their brilliance. Witness iconic studio /sideman G.E. Smith’s debut slab, a pure pop new-wave collection entitled In The World (1981) with Brian Stanley helming the bass chair. Akin to his revered bandleader, Brian is a funky chameleon as evidenced by his rendering of deep reggae grooves (“Fake o’ The Land”), percolating Jaco like passages (“Rita”), and cool walking lines (“The Blind Boy Rag”), among other standout tracks.